>I have no idea what to expect or how much honey I can get from one hive but I am sure that I want at least on other one.http://www.bushfarms.com/beesexpectations.htm
>Now from the artic North, a little more advice would be nice. How much do the bee's need to winter over?
The hive, here in Southeast Nebraska, should weigh about 150 pounds going into winter with a large Italian cluster.http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#winter
> Should I protect the hive in any manner? As you know we have fairly deep snow.http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm#stopwrapping
>a friend of mine used to be in the bee or honey business ten years ago or more. He told me the other day that he has a two frame extractor and a hot knife that he will make me a real good deal on. I think he means that If I stay with bee's he will give them to me.
Even if he wants $100 that would be a fair deal...
>How much honey could you take from a hive and still make sure they have enough.
That's not the right question. It may be you can't take any and you have to feed. It may be you can take 200 pounds and they still have 150 pounds left.
> I have two supers to put on when they are ready. I guess I wait till they have eight of the ten frames drawn out in the top brood box?